This year is bringing some great music

So far this year, new albums by Mogwai (Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will) and …and you will know us by the Trail of Dead (Tao of the Dead) have been released. Both of those albums are great, by the way, in case you didn’t already know. You should buy them.

And other albums have been announced that I am very excited to hear, including the new Death Cab for Cutie (Codes and Keys) and an upcoming release by Explosions in the Sky.

In case you didn’t know, one of my favorite bands is The Appleseed Cast, who has a new EP and some other stuff coming out this year. So with that being said, I must confess my excitement when I saw the following tweet by Graveface Records (@graveface_recs):

“Just listened to the new Appleseed Cast EP start to finish for the first time. FUCKING EPIC. Release dates: digitally: 3.29, in stores 6.7.”

And when I asked if the EP would be released on vinyl, the response I got was “Of course!” which is the answer I was hoping for.

So while we’re waiting on a lot of these upcoming releases, Stereogum has posted a couple of live songs – “Codes and Keys” from the new Death Cab for Cutie album and “When the Sun Goes Down on Your Street,” a Ben Gibbard solo song for a soundtrack. You can listen to them here.

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